Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., is broadening support for developers to simplify the design of products that use Wi-Fi™ to connect the Internet of Everything (IoE). Qualcomm Atheros has opened worldwide distribution channels with Arrow Electronics and CODICO GmbH to streamline access to Qualcomm Atheros’ low-power Wi-Fi platform, the QCA4002/4004. Qualcomm Atheros also is offering a new IoE development kit, which enables full-featured, low-power Wi-Fi in a diverse set of connected products – from light bulbs and remote controls to home automation and security systems.
As consumers, service providers and others see great value in the Internet of Everything, developers need access to the latest tools and technologies to create the devices and services for the IoE ecosystem. Qualcomm Atheros has responded with advanced Wi-Fi solutions, and a development platform that provides the tools, resources and value-added features required for this new class of IoE devices. The newest development kit includes:
- Support for the AllJoyn™ software framework, an open source software and services framework and collaborative open source project of the AllSeen Alliance. AllJoyn enables hardware manufacturers and software developers to create interoperable products that can discover, connect and communicate directly with other AllJoyn-enabled products.
- Hosted mode for designs that pair the QCA4002/4004 with a microcontroller (MCU)
- Cloud connect services are enabled through 2lemetry's IoT platform, ThingFabric™. This includes support for secure socket layer (SSL) connections to provide secure communication between device and cloud
- Peer-to-peer connectivity via Wi-Fi Direct®
- Green Transmit (Green Tx) to dynamically adjust output power
Greater Access to Solutions
To expand access to its Wi-Fi platform and development tools, Qualcomm Atheros has entered into distribution agreements with Arrow Electronics to serve developers in North America and China and CODICO GmbH for those in Europe. By leveraging these worldwide distribution networks, developers will have greater access to the QCA4002/4004 module and supporting services.
“Qualcomm Atheros is taking a two-fold approach to engaging with developers to design the next wave of highly efficient, connected products and services that are designed for interoperability,” said Joseph Bousaba, senior director, Qualcomm Atheros. “By extending our low-power Wi-Fi platform with a full- featured development kit, and expanding our global distribution channels, a broad set of customers can respond to the demand for connected devices in today’s homes.”
“Qualcomm is a leading force in the Internet of Everything segment. Arrow is pleased to expand our Internet of Everything portfolio with Qualcomm Atheros hardware solutions,” said David West, vice president of global marketing and engineering for Arrow Electronics’ global components segment. “We look forward to enabling Qualcomm Atheros to expand its share in the industry by connecting our broad global customer base with Qualcomm technology and providing comprehensive support with designing and bringing Internet of Everything solutions to them.”
“We strive to bring the latest connectivity solutions and the necessary supporting services to our customers in Europe, allowing them to accelerate the development of their next generation connected devices at a time when demand is significantly growing,” said Michael Froemel, vice president of sales and marketing, CODICO GmbH.
The low-power Wi-Fi development kit for IoE is now available at parts.arrow.com. The QCA4002/4004 modules are also available.
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